The Guam International Film Festival is run by a collective group of passionate industry professionals and volunteers from the region who dedicate their works to support artistic endeavors that will foster growth among the Pacific Asian filmmaking and art communities.
Co-Founder, Festival Executive Producer: Don Muna
Don is an award-winning independent film professional, and along with his brother Kel, has pioneered the independent cinema movement on Guam. For more information, visit Don Muna’s Official Site.
Co-Founder, Festival Programmer: Kel Muna
Kel is an award-winning independent film professional, and along with his brother Don, has pioneered the independent cinema movement on Guam. For more information, visit Kel Muna’s Official Site.
Festival Director: J.D. Iriarte
Former Director of Development at Paramount Studios and Hollywood celebrity event planner, J.D.’s recent endeavors include CEO and Co-Founder of “We the People, Inc.”, a socially responsible multi-faceted production company that specializes in entertainment & media.
Media Manager: Ruzelle Almonds Amparo
Ruzelle is a Communications undergraduate at the University of Guam, studying the Mass Media Studies track. She has interned for Allen City Television in Texas, which she won an award for in the 2010 Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Programming Awards (TATOA). Starting as an eager and persistent volunteer for the Guam International Film Festival (GIFF), Amparo now works as as GIFF’s Media Manager. She takes a great interest in storytelling, both listening and telling (but mostly talking), knowing that there is always a story to tell. She aims to provide insight and provoke thought for audiences through various media, especially film.
Hospitality Coordinator: Myracle Mugol
Myracle believes in growing, learning and trying new things. Starting off in visual arts, she transitioned into film 5 years ago. She has worked on several past productions in the form of web shows, documentaries, television, commercials, short films and music videos; but it was her work on her first full-length film “Mga Dayo: Resident Aliens” that cemented her love for film. She, like Ruzelle, treasures the art of talking.
Festival Coordinator: Brandon Santos
A Public Administration university student with a 4.0 GPA, Brandon is no stranger to teamwork. He’s played organized baseball from the little leagues to the Guam Major Leagues and has evolved the love for sports into a new passion for crossfit training with killer WODs. Brandon has worked on past GIFF events since its second year and has fulfilled the role of Executive Assistant to the producers of the televised 2012 Island Music Awards.
Audio/Visual Technician: Ronald Pereira
RJ has been a professional musician and audio engineer for the last seven years. He worked on his first full-length feature film this summer and has produced the full-length album for recording artist KenJoe Ada, entitled “7 a.m. in Heaven“. For him, music and art is not a career but rather what defines life and are the tools that can create positive change within society. RJ has been a projectionist with GIFF since its inaugural year.